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Hot Tamales

493 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2656
+1 847-433-4070
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
16 Jul 2018
“Best salsa, delicious meals!”
9 Apr 2018
“Want to go back again. ”
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
493 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2656
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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Must admit, I’m a huge chips and salsa girl. Thin, warm and crunchy chips along with freshly made, filled with finely chopped tomato-onion and I’m in salsa heaven! Add some outdoor (streetwise) seating to enjoy the gorgeous summer day and what’s to complain about?! I...More

1  Thank familygalChicagoIL
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed everything. Here is something not to be taken for granted: on a Saturday, we called late for a 6:30 reservation--we arrived 10 minutes early to a packed house and expected a long wait, but they had us seated right on time. Well done.

1  Thank Chas S
Reviewed 14 October 2017

After a day outside and a skimpy sandwich for lunch at the park, we both needed an early dinner. My wife picked this place, which we'd visited many times before. She had the vegetarian burrito. I had the taco salad bowl with ground beef and...More

Thank GerfnitAuthor
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

The service is good, the food is average. They do not have a great selection of hard licor. Great location with outside seating.

Thank Jurgen P
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Grand Slam of a restaurant. Hand made Margueritas, awesome Duck Tacos!!!! Duck cooked to perfection, baked apples with a Jalapeño flavor... did I say Awesome? Don't hesitate coming here!!!

Thank Dan D
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The title says it all. Duck tacos are the reason to come here. Bring your pocketbook and leave the kids at home, because prices for kids' meals are atrocious. The duck tacos will run you close to $20 a plate, but worth it for the...More

Thank Flat_Earther
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Have not been here for years but a good friend loves it. The chips were stale, the bottled Diet Coke was flat, and my wife's chicken was tough so she returned it and ordered a salad that was fair at best. What really got us...More

1  Thank dmgmd
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Hot Tamales is a very good reliable restaurant. It has a unique menu that is fresh and of very good quality. Shrimp Tacos are wonderful. Service is generally very good but can be rushed. Don't order your main course until you are well into your...More

Thank Schmooglet
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Pricey. Lunch for 2 . No drinks was $40. I ordered ground beef tacos. Flour tortillas were fresh and warm. Meat too salty.

Thank Robiebot
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

OK drinks OK food decent service and a pleasant atmosphere but nothing really exceptional to write home about. portions while appearing generous are skimpy on ingredients that count. Too much sauce, ingredients of average quality and service seems annoyed at times. 3 of 5 is...More

Thank CFR1967
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Chas S
10 April 2018|
Response from GerfnitAuthor | Reviewed this property |
Tamales, A Mexican Joint. I got that from their menus and outside awning. At one time, they might have been Hot Tamales, but it looks like they shortened it.
23 April 2015|
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Response from Nancy P | Reviewed this property |
I had fish when I went and it was prepared the way I wanted it. They are accommodating with whatever was prepared and asked for. I really would go and try it. There is alot to choose from and the flavors were fantastic! I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 493 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2656
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-433-4070
  • E-mail
Nestled on Central Street in Downtown Highland Park is Tamales Mexican Restaurant. Tamales is famous for having some of the best Mexican Food and Margaritas on the North Shore. The ingredients are always fresh, well prepared and presented in unique ways. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual, and both couple and family friendly. Our staff will go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure your dining experience is just right. We are located within walking distance to the Highland Park movie theatre, Ravinia shuttle and Highland Park Train Station. We are also very proud of our catering. Check us out for your next event.
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